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Activists Battle Over Religious Freedom at Supreme Court

Protesters outside the Supreme Court Monday.

The Hobby Lobby case was about birth control coverage, but to see and hear the anti-choice protesters gathered in front of the Supreme Court steps Monday, you might have thought the Court was reconsidering Roe v. Wade.

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What ‘Liberty and Justice for All’ Means for Religion

This is a new video from the Coalition for Liberty and Justice, a group dedicated to protecting religious freedom from those who want to use it to trample the rights and freedoms of others. It explains the problems with recent applications of “religious freedom” justifying restrictions on human rights. [via Catholics for Choice]

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Stoking Fire: Why Are Some Teachers Being Asked to Swear Allegiance to Catholic Doctrine?

As teachers across the country rejoice that the school year is over, Catholic school educators in a handful of areas are having to decide whether to sign employment contracts affirming their wholehearted belief in Catholic precepts.

As teachers across the country rejoice that the school year is over, Catholic school educators in a handful of areas are having to decide whether to sign employment contracts affirming their wholehearted belief in Catholic precepts.

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Purity Culture, and Male Entitlement to Women’s Bodies

Elliott Rodgers felt so entitled to women that he murdered them when he didn’t get what he felt he deserved. It is precisely this attitude of entitlement that the modern evangelical church deems holy and good.

Elliott Rodger felt so entitled to women that he murdered them when he didn’t get what he felt he deserved. It is precisely this attitude of entitlement that the modern evangelical church deems holy and good.

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Two Girls Break Down the Stereotypes They Were Taught to Believe About Each Other

Performed at Brave New Voices in Chicago last August, this slam poetry performance breaks down the stereotypes two girls were taught to believe about each other as followers of different religions. [via UpWorthy]

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Stoking Fire: The Adoption Movement’s ‘Supply Crunch’

A new report commissioned by Political Research Associates outlines how a drop-off in international adoptions increased demand for domestic adoption, raising questions about how "adoptions from Indian country factor in the equation."

A new report commissioned by Political Research Associates outlines how a drop-off in international adoptions increased demand for domestic adoption, raising questions about how “adoptions from Indian country factor in the equation.”

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Supporting Texas Women, as a Person of Faith

The fact that reproductive health-care clinics in Texas are being forced to close should concern us all.

The politicians who bang the drum of “personal freedom,” and in the same breath promote an increased divide between the rich and the poor, need to know that religious people will not stand by and applaud. Indeed, the fact that reproductive health-care clinics in Texas are being forced to close should concern us all.

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On Abortion, Speech, and the Catholic Campus: Vatican Responds to Petition Against Georgetown

Georgetown University

A recent petition by William Peter Blatty—a Georgetown graduate who’s best known for writing The Exorcist—is aimed at forcing the university to conform to a strict and exclusionary vision of Catholic identity, and it’s been yellow-lighted by a Vatican representative.

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Masculinity as Violence, Or How Conservative Evangelicalism Hurts Men Too

Masculinity and femininity are social constructs. But in the church, the uncertainty that extends from such constructs has lead to a boxed in vision of gender that helps no one.

Masculinity and femininity are social constructs. But in the church, the uncertainty that extends from such constructs has led to a boxed in vision of gender that helps no one.

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Not the ‘Illuminati': How Fundamentalist Christians Are Infiltrating State and Federal Government

Blackstone alumni have risen to positions of influence in state and federal courts, federal government agencies, congressional committees and offices, as well as positions at the United Nations and other intergovernmental agencies.

Welcome to the world of the Blackstone Legal Fellowship, an annual program established in 2000 by the Alliance Defending Freedom, an Arizona-based nonprofit that is swiftly emerging as a major behind-the-scenes player in many of the nation’s most controversial legal cases involving reproductive rights, sexual justice, and a vast range of other moral and social disputes.

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